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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Coert Engelsman, 80, of Coudersport, PA

Coert Engelsman

COUDERSPORT, PA---Coert Engelsman, 80, of Coudersport, PA, died Tuesday, October 26, 2010 in Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Long Term Care Unit, Coudersport, after a long illness.

Born February 3, 1930 in Rotterdam, Holland, he was a son of William and Mary Ver Kade Engelsman. On September 22, 1954 in Rotterdam, he married Catharina M. A. “Kitty” Houtzager, who survives.

Mr. Engelsman attended secondary school in Holland. He earned his master’s degree in Structural and Civil Engineering in Holland. He earned his certification in Fall Out Shelter design and analysis at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Mr. Engelsman was employed in Holland as a civil and structural engineer for Foster-Wheeler.

He and wife immigrated to the United States living in Highlands, NJ where he was employed as an estimator/engineer. He later founded and owned Robnor Constructors Company, a general contracting firm employing over 250 people at one time.

He held the patent on the estimating machine. He was well known for his estimating guides he wrote and published along with his sons. His publications were sold internationally and known as the easiest guides for estimators to use. He was also well known for his knowledge and ability to do future construction analysis for the coal and shale industries.


In 1981 Mr. and Mrs. Engelsman moved to Coudersport.

He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He loved to play chess. He also enjoyed playing golf and painting. His life was his work.
Surviving besides his wife are two sons, Bob (Maria “Loy”) Engelsman of Shinglehouse and Norman (Cheryl) Engelsman of Corpus Christi, TX; a granddaughter, Sarah Engelsman; and a sister, Riet Van Der Have of Rotterdam.
Mr. Engelsman was predeceased by his parents and a sister.

At Mr. Engelsman’s request, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the Patient Activity Fund of the Long Term Care Unit at the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.

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